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Jumbo-sized traffic problem at national park after elephants attack cars

Visitors to Thailand’s Khao Yai national park have been warned to be cautious after attacks by elephants damaged cars, a shop and a restaurant.

Officials at the park, near Bangkok, said an elephant attacked the park’s grocery store and shattered windows with its trunk on Monday.

The rampage followed an attack at the weekend, where an elephant rubbed against cars before ramming into and tearing off the bumper of a small saloon.

No injuries were reported in either incident, and officials did not say whether it was the same animal in both attacks. Kanchit Srinoppawan, the park’s chief, told the BBC the aggressive behaviour was the result of the mating season.

Park officials have imposed curfew restrictions on motorists. The Bangkok Post reported that the tourist route through the park will also be changed for visitors’ safety.

Independent News Service